Flotsam & Jetsam

What set Ellie off anyway? A thought intruded. No, couldn’t be. He checked her profile. Nah. But his mouth formed a hopeful smile, and he leaned back, humming his favorite tune. Flotsam & Jetsam

The dashing Frenchman or the handsome handyman? Who will she choose? For the Love of a Spy

Monday, August 29, 2016

Learning the Ropes--Adjusting to a New Publisher

Talking about having to break in a new publisher (ha ha, just kidding—I meant adjusting to the ways of a new publisher) at Authors of Main Street today:

Two of my new releases, Whirlwind Romance (from The Wild Rose Press) and A Widow’s Walk (from I Heart Book Publishing), are showcased as well. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Man in the Swamp--Unexpectedly Sexy

Please drop by Linda Nightingales’s wonderful blog for a new, spicy excerpt from my new Caribbean adventure Whirlwind Romance:
Mangroves where Lacey Rescues Armand

In it, we find Lacey unexpectedly drawn to the muddy, injured man in her mangrove swamp and he to her. What will happen next?

Friday, August 26, 2016

Armand on Display at Anna Durand's

Want to know more about Armand, the mysterious castaway who Lacey finds in her swamp in my new Caribbean adventure romance Whirlwind Romance? 
Antonio Banderas, but could be Armand!

Check out Anna Durand’s site today. She interviews him :

Thursday, August 25, 2016

A Special Caribbean Island with a Twist

Bali Hai may not be the only special island in the world. Paraiso, home to Armand, hero of Whirlwind Romance, is a unique place, a Caribbean island settled by…Puritans! Come find out more about it and meet Maitea and Crispin at Jillian Chantal’s fabulous site:


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Splish Splash--Lacey Takes a Bath...With Armand

Edrigu's castle where Lacey finds a tub
Lacey takes a much appreciated bath and Armand takes an unexpected dip in the tub. They’re at Nicole Morgan’s wonderful blog, Bringing Passion to Life today. Read the delightful excerpt here:

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Book Blast Alert! Whirlwind Romance at Bloglovin'

Authors Boosting Authors Book Blast Features Whirlwind Romance
Drop by Bloglovin.com or Casimclean.com to read a new excerpt and all about Lacey, Armand, and my new romantic adventure Whirlwind Romance.

Here are 2 links:
Mangroves where Lacey finds Armand

In the excerpt, Lacey feels the stirrings of something more than suspicion. I think we're looking at romance!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Jelly Makers & Princes--Whirlwind Romance at Tena Stetler's Today

Lacey, who makes jelly from wild plants, finds unexpected fruit in her mangroves after a storm and is swept into a morass of palace intrigue along with Armand, a mysterious castaway in my new romantic suspense Whirlwind Romance.

Come read how Lacey rescues Armand in an excerpt from my new Caribbean adventure romance, Whirlwind Romance. I’m at Tena Stetler’s wonderful site today.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Hooray! Whirlwind Romance is Out!

What do pirates, princes, Puritans, and propaganda have in common? Lacey Delahaye, forager and jelly maker, finds out in this romantic suspense set in the western Caribbean.

In the aftermath of a hurricane, Lacey Delahaye finds herself marooned on an island on the Gulf coast of Florida with a mysterious man. They are immediately drawn to each other, but before Armand can confess his identity, they are kidnapped and taken to a tiny island in the western Caribbean. With the help of her son Crispin and a cadre of loyal followers, she and Armand must face down pirates, power-mad ideologues, and palace intrigue, if they are to restore the once idyllic tropical island to its former glory.

I’ll be guest posting all new excerpts and other stuff at some wonderful sites over the next month. See me August 18 at the lovely Tena Stetler’s site, then at Nicole Morgan’s Bringing Passion to Life Aug. 19, Authors Boosting Authors Aug. 21, and at Linda Nightingale’s August 22. Check back for the full schedule and direct links!

Wild Rose Press, 8/17/2016, Champagne Rose imprint
Contemporary romance/Action Adventure; M/F; 2 flames
Ebook 89,905 words; Print: 358 p.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Lost Pleasures Found--The Best of Regency Romance

When war and circumstance beyond their control tear them apart, will they find their way back to each other, or will all be lost?

Enticing Pleasures Romance (July 14, 2016)
Setting: 1814, England
Historical Romance/Regency, M/F, 2 flames
Ebook 99,000 words; Print 386 p. 
Originally published in 2011. This book had been revised and updated.

After many years of war, England is finally at peace. Captain Lord Henry Montgomery, second son of the Duke of Sanderford, returns home, ready to sample the many delights London has to offer. After facing death for six years, he deserves a chance to carouse with his friends before accepting his responsibilities to the dukedom.

While attending a London ball, he meets the enchanting Melody Canterfield-Smyth and his life…will never be the same. He is captivated by the beautiful innocent young miss with the sherry-colored eyes. Determined to make her his own, he pursues her relentlessly, intent on winning her heart. After a whirlwind courtship, they settle into wedded bliss.

When Bonaparte escapes from Elba, Henry must return to the battlefield. Torn apart by war, distance, and circumstance, will their love survive, or will all they have endured separate them forever?

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Excerpt (G): Introductions
Lord Henry Montgomery strolled from the overcrowded ballroom to get away from the deafening noise and sweltering heat. Pulling a cheroot from the inner pocket of his jacket, he put it between his teeth. Before he lit it, a vision in saffron yellow caught his eye. She stood with her back to the balustrade, eyes closed. His breath hitched as he took in the sight of the beautiful young woman. A gentle breeze blew tendrils of her golden locks across her heart-shaped face. Her cupid’s bow lips were slightly parted, and her pert little nose was turned up toward the heavens.
A frisson of desire swept through him and stirred his dormant male urges. It had been an age since he’d had a woman, having recently returned from helping guard Napoleon Bonaparte on the Mediterranean island of Elba. The goddess before him managed to accomplish that feat when the courtesans of Paris had left him cold, and yet, she must be an innocent, young miss.
As he walked toward her, he straightened the cuff of his jacket. He stopped in front of her and gazed into her incredible sherry-colored eyes. “I know I shouldn’t converse with you; I must ask…why have I never seen you before?”
Her cheeks blushed to a lovely shade of rose. “I’m sorry, sir. I shouldn’t speak with you. After all, we have never met.”
He took a step closer, but not close enough to frighten her away. “You look so lovely standing here against this glorious moonlit night. Your beauty…it leaves me breathless.”
Her eyes widened, resembling a startled doe. “I…I don’t know what to say.”
He bowed and took her dainty, gloved hand in his, then brushed her knuckles with his lips. “Let me introduce myself. I’m Henry Montgomery. May I ask your name?”
She hesitated. “M-melody…but I shouldn’t. We have not been introduced.” Her sweet, melodious voice had his heart skipping a beat. “I must return to the ballroom, before my aunt realizes I’m missing. Excuse me, sir.” She moved around him and hurried toward the French doors leading back to the ballroom.
He called after her. “Wait, who is your aunt? How can I find you again?” She paused, possibly tempted to turn back to him, he hoped. Then she stepped through the terrace doors and disappeared from sight.

Vikki Vaught
About the Author
Vikki Vaught started her writing career when a story invaded her mind and would not leave. Over the last few years, she has written more than a half dozen historical romances and is presently working on her next.

Vikki loves a "Happily Ever After", and she writes them in her stories. While romance is the central theme of all her books, she includes some significant historical event or place in all her novels.

While all her books are love stories, she has also written short contemporary sweet romances as Vikki McCombie and erotic romances using the pen name of V.L. Edwards.

For the last decade, Vikki has lived in the beautiful foothills of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with her beloved husband, Jim, who is the most tolerant man in the world to put up with her when she is in a writing frenzy. When she is not writing or working her day job, you’ll find her curled up in a comfortable chair reading her Kindle, lost in a good book with a cup of tea at her side.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Milo Finds a Body at Bloodthirsty Muses Today!

Deserted Old Town Waterfront in the Dark of Night

What would you do if you found a body in a dark, empty, warehouse and you’re all alone? Panic? Find out what intrepid needlepoint artist Milo Everhart does—today at Bloodthirsty Muses:


Friday, August 5, 2016

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

In the News Again!

Once again I'm in the limelight! Longboat Key Observer highlights four local authors (including me)! We're talking Summer Reading Lists. Check it out: http://www.yourobserver.com/article/longboat-key-authors-share-summer-reading-list.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Artful Dodging in Best Seller Ranking at Amazon

Artful Dodging is #3098 on the Amazon Best Seller Ranking in Mystery! There's nowhere to go but up those ranks, so if you've been putting off purchase of my new Old Town mystery, now's the time. Available in ebook and print-on-demand, here's the Amazon link:

Monday, August 1, 2016

Mt. Vernon Bliss--Milo & Tristram at Nicole Morgan's Today

Today I’m at Nicole Morgan’s lovely Bringing Passion to Life again, but this time with a brand new, hot excerpt. Milo & Tristram enjoy the holiday lights of Mount Vernon before heading home to light up the bedroom. Read it here: http://nicolemorganauthor.blogspot.com/2016/08/murders-mistrust-misfits-and-miscreants.html